All students of Hollins’ M.F.A. program in dance travel off site to dance centers throughout the world. In an effort to expand experiences beyond the campus setting, students will study, present their work in various settings, view concerts, and immerse themselves in specially designed “study tracks.”
Specifically designed to promote exchange within a larger dance community and to better understand the internationalization of dance education, these residencies open pathways that will create lifelong relationships and opportunities.
European dance study (summer)
Students travel to dance centers throughout the world to study with members of the thriving international professional and academic community. Students experience mentored studio time and the facilitation of a program of creative work, and take part in discussions and readings. Past residencies have taken place in France, Austria, Belgium, and Germany.
Christopher Roman, European Study Curator
Artist Christopher Roman began his formal training with The School of Cleveland Ballet continuing at The School of American Ballet in New York City. He was subsequently invited into the ranks of the Pacific Northwest Ballet and as a soloist and principal with Edward Villella’s Miami City Ballet, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens in Montreal, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballett Frankfurt, and The Forsythe Company performing a huge array of important choreographic works, originating over 40 roles and touring every major venue worldwide. He has been a guest artist with Complexions Contemporary Ballet, Sasha Waltz and Guests in Berlin, and the Gala of International Dance Stars. Roman was cofounder, choreographer, and performer for the company 2+ with former Wooster Group video designer Philip Bussmann and has created work with 2+ and independently for The Russian Ballet Theatre, The Pennsylvania Ballet, Philadelphia Fringe Festival, Festival de Danse in Cannes, Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montreal, Kuenstlerhaus Mousonturm, Cadance Festival Holland, Skulpturenpark in Graz, and others. William Forsythe’s Bessie Award winning You Made Me a Monster was created with Roman and he is the 2009 recipient of Germany’s highest theatre honor Der Deutsche Theaterpreis DER FAUST for best performance, dance in The Forsythe Company’s I don’t believe in outer space. He is also featured in the Thierry De Mey film of Forsythe’s work One Flat Thing, reproduced. As a ballet master, choreographic assistant, and administrator, Roman has staged the works of William Forsythe internationally, been a teacher of classical ballet and improvisational techniques, a research collaborator for the Ohio State University project, Synchronous Objects, and the score manager and education coordinator for the Motion Bank initiative in association with The Forsythe Company. He is currently the curator for the M.F.A. European studies at Hollins now in affiliation with The Forsythe Company and The University of Music and Performing Arts in Frankfurt and the head of education for The Forsythe Company. Since 2011 Roman has been guest and adjunct faculty and choreographer-in-residence for Butler University, The Juilliard School, Hollins, Princeton University, Harvard University, Palucca Schule in Dresden, The Goethe Institute worldwide, Steps NY, Peridance, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Movement Invention Project, Springboard Dance Montreal, and Dance Arts Faculty in Rome. Roman was one of the artists selected to be part of the Solo Performance Commissioning Project with Deborah Hay for her work Dynamic and was one of the 20 artists selected to perform in Boris Charmatz’s curation of 20 Dancers for the XX Century at MoMA. He is a choreographic assistant to William Forsythe most recently for the original work Rearray at Sadler’s Wells for Sylvie Guillem and Nicolas LeRiche. He is on the board of trustees for the Foundation Forsythe and director of dance for the ALTANA Cultural Foundation. As of September 2013, Roman assumed the role of associate artistic director of The Forsythe Company.
Niels Lanz, media/production coordinator
In 1992 he joined the sound department of Ballett Frankfurt as a company member, and had the opportunity to further develop his skills under William Forsythe in several productions, including Eidos:Telos, Endless House, Kammer/Kammer, and Decreation. In the late nineties he also began to create electronic music for dance, producing the music for David Dawson’s The Grey Area and 00:00 for Dutch National Ballet. Since 2004 he has worked as sound and video designer for The Forsythe Company and won 2007 the renowned New York Bessie Award for the composition of Three Atmospheric Studies. Since 2012 he worked as a freelance technician for various number of theatre productions.
David Morrow, musician/accompanist
Soon after moving from New York City to Germany, in 1989, Morrow began work with William Forsythe at Ballet Frankfurt. Since then, he has frequently appeared on stage, as pianist, speaker, performer, or composer. His most significant works as composer are Decreation (2003), Ricercar (2004), Clouds after Cranach (2005) and Yes We Can’t (Barcelona 2010). Rearray (Sadler’s Wells, London 2011), was created by Forsythe especially for dancer Sylvie Guillem with Nicolas Le Riche. In the years 2005-2010, Morrow also composed extensively for choreographers Xin-Peng Wang (Dortmund) and Verena Weiss (Luzern & Stuttgart). The year 2010 initiated a new phase of creativity, as he began working with the Argentine choreographer Paula Rosolen. Again, came the challenge of being involved, on stage, as a pianist-speaker-performer-composer. In 2012 was the first collaboration with Dominique Rosales to create the music for the film We Are Not Here. 2013 saw performances of Libretto and Piano Men in Frankfurt, followed by Die Farce der Suche in Buenos Aires.